Before I begin with the next instalment of “Beyond Ghostbusters”, I would like to apologise for the lack of content posted over the festive period. Problems with my computer and festive activities interfered with my planned schedule. However, normal service has been resumed…
When there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, you know who to call…
However, when your neighbourhood is the Shady Rest Retirement Home, East Texas in 2008 and the something strange is an soul-sucking Egyptian mummy dressed like a cowboy, then you call…
I am, of course, referring to the wonderful horror comedy starring Bruce Campbell:
Whilst Mr Campbell is no stranger to facing the supernatural, having initially fought against The Evil Dead way back in 1981 (and it’s sequels) and an avatar of the Chinese god of death, Guan Di, in 2007’s My Name is Bruce, neither of these films had the same ‘feel’ as Ghostbusters. If you’re familiar with the movies above, you’ll know what I mean. If you’re not, go and watch them – the Evil Dead series is black comedy with plenty of gore, whilst My Name is Bruce is very silly, but good fun.
However, as Bruce Campbell is portraying an ageing Elvis Presley (or someone who believes he is Elvis), his performance is more restrained than usual. The antagonist of the movie combines a credible supernatural threat with a slightly whimsical appearance, being a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy dressed as a cowboy. And the humour is derived from the characters (including an elderly black man who believes he is JFK) and the situations they find themselves in, rather than jokes shoehorned into the film for the sake of a cheap laugh. And it is both funny and has a surprising amount of heart. To me, it definitely feels like it exists in the same universe as Ghostbusters, so it’s been added to my list.
As the movie only has three main characters, namely Elvis Presley (or Sebastian Haff, if he is actually an impersonator), “Jack” (or JFK, if his stories are to believed) and “Bubba Ho-Tep” himself, it should be relatively easy to ‘cast’…
So, for our ‘hero’, the King of Rock and Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley, we have several options. The most obvious choice is obviously this one from Hasslefree Miniatures:
This is Bubba, who is quite obviously based on the depiction of ‘Elvis’ in the movie, who does wear this particular outfit, although at no point is he armed as shown above. This is available directly from their website for £3.75 + VAT.
Alternatively, if you want a portly ‘Elvis’ complete with sunglasses, there’s this one:
This is The King – part of the Scarlet Brethren faction from the Shockforce miniatures range, now sadly discontinued. I managed to get one of these figures, so expect to see him suitably repainted at some point, but should you want one, eBay is probably your best bet.
If you have decided that you want an Elvis miniature in your collection, but would prefer a better armed and slightly younger version, RAFM is the place to go:
This is The Pretender, available directly from their website for $5.95, but they also have several more:
As everyone should have at least one 28mm Elvis in their collection, if you haven’t already got one, choose your favourite and spend some of your Christmas money…
The character of Jack (or JFK, if you prefer) was slightly trickier – it’s an elderly black guy with a moustache, who spend the majority of the film in a wheelchair. The majority of 28mm wheelchair-bound miniatures are either Victorian women, mad scientists or Professor X. Having looked at all the figures available, the best bet would be to take this Heroclix Professor X:
And add hair and a moustache. For a similar, but much superior conversion, look at this:
This is Silas Doomchild, a character created by Roger Webb on his blog, Rantings from Under the Wargames Table.
For “Bubba Ho-Tep”, the choice was obvious, as there is a specific miniature directly inspired by the character:
The Western Mummy comes as part of a 3-pack from the Weird West range, in which you also get a Victorian Vampire and a rather nice werewolf. Available from Ainsty Castings for £7.50 for the three.
As we’re talking about unusual mummies, I thought I’d bring a couple more to your attention that break the stereotypical mold. The first is this one:
Listed as TZ5 “Imhotep” Mummy in Disguise, this dungaree wearing undead is available from Gringo 40’s as part of their Triganta XXX Zombie Hunters range, for £1.50.
Our final mummy is even cheaper…
This is INC9 Inca Mummy Seated from Outpost Wargames Services, part of their 28mm Inca range, which is available from their website for a very reasonable £1.00. Yes, that’s right, it’s a £1.00! Obviously, you don’t get the Inca Litter shown in the picture above, but this can be bought separately from their website. The only problem I have with Outpost Wargames Services is that they have yet to fully embrace the 21st century, so their website is a little old-fashioned (no direct links) as is the way you order stuff from them. But did I mention that it’s £1.00?
I’d just like to finish with a big thank you to all those who have made my first year of hobby blogging so enjoyable, with special thanks to Roger Webb, Simon Moore, Bryan Scott and Michael Awdry, who have been very supportive throughout the weird and wonderful projects that I have indulged in.
Best wishes and a happy new year to you all and to close…
“Thank you, thank you very much…”